Saturday, February 15, 2014

Ellen Page’s coming out speech

Actress Ellen Page came out today. This has made the news and her speech has already gone viral. The speech, in the video above, is worth hearing.

Page starred in the film Juno, and was also in Inception, as well as 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand. She’s one of the stars in the upcoming X-Men: Days of Future Past. All of which means that her coming out is significant.

She made her speech at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation’s “Time to Thrive” conference for people working with LGBT youth. Page talks about her personal connection to this work, which makes her words powerful.

The value of such public coming out by high-profile people is the message of hope it sends to LGBT youth, which makes her choice of venue especially appropriate. The times are changing and things are definitely getting better and better for LGBT people, but our youth still suffer harm from the remaining anti-gay attitudes, prejudice and bigotry. Kudos to Ellen Page for doing something to help LGBT youth.

The complete text of Ellen Page's speech has been posted to HRC's tumblr.


rogerogreen said...

I've had debates re coming out speeches (I'm pro-) and I DO sorta understand the other side, which is that their sexuality is none of anyone's business, except that...
You know, I know you've described the "why" before and maybe you should reprise it, because I've been stumbling on my words.
BTW, I had no idea Ellen Page had come out until I saw it on your blog, which just proves how out of the viral loop I am.

Arthur (AmeriNZ) said...

I think sometimes timezones actually help me with viral things, actually. At last, I like to think so.

Funny you should mention the "other side" because I saw some of that in NZ, too. My first thought was to write a blog post, but I was honestly too angry at the time so I thought I should let it cool down. But I have a specific idea of what I want to say, so that'll be up soon.